England to face Costa Rica at Elland Road before the World Cup

Elland Road is home to Sky Bet Championship side Leeds

Elland Road is home to Sky Bet Championship side Leeds

The opposition at Elland Road this time will be Costa Rica, who were, in fact, the shock winners of England's group at the last World Cup.

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Southgate had initially planned for three games in June prior to the squad's departure for Russian Federation, but sources have told ESPN FC that he has now settled on two fixtures in order to spend more time fine-tuning the team's preparations at the National Football Centre at St George's Park.

The decision by FA chiefs to take the side on the road follows the fabulous backing and reception England received in Manchester and Sunderland in the build-up to Euro 2016.

A David Platt goal secured a 1-0 win at Wembley in 1994 before the two countries battled out a goalless draw at the 2002 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side also face Costa Rica's central American neighbours Panama in Russian Federation, with Belgium completing Group G.

England are to host Nigeria at Wembley on Jun 2 and face Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later, before kicking off their World Cup Group G campaign against Tunisia on Jun 18.

Leeds United managing director Angus Kinnear, said: "It is an honour to host the national team at our home before the side head off to Russian Federation for the World Cup".

They face Holland at the Amsterdam Arena on Friday, March 23 before welcoming Italy to Wembley on Tuesday, March 27.

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